To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
At Cascadia Family Therapy, we zoom out to look at the complex web of environmental and social interactions making up a client’s life to find the true origin of the symptom. There isn’t time in session for long winded complaints or arguments between clients and their family members. We are focused on pinpointing and highlighting the exact interactional pattern or patterns that may be leading to symptoms like depression, anxiety or general relationship struggles.
Using a systemic perspective, we are highly skilled at seeing the whole person who attends therapy whether in a family or individual session. Often times, the medical model of therapy which is based on the diagnosis of an individual, narrows down to symptom reduction, missing many of the complexities of the human experience. We believe clients are more than symptoms and diagnoses.
Both Michael A. Long, LMFT and Joella Long, LMFT attended Pacific Lutheran University’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program in Tacoma Washington. PLU has a rigorous MFT program requiring live supervision of therapists and also provided specialized training in working in co-therapy teams to enhance client outcomes. Michael and Joella are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the states of Oregon and Washington. While practicing primarily in Bend, Oregon, they have also taught Addictions and Mind-Body Approaches to Therapy courses at Bastyr University’s Masters in Counseling Psychology Program in Kenmore, WA.
We are not your average therapists. And that is why we offer the 20 minute free consultation. Schedule a free consultation for yourself and feel the difference.
Strong Relationships Build Strong Individuals
Close intimate connection with a partner can be an incredible experience. When couples are able to communicate openly about their authentic hopes, dreams, and desires the world around them appears limitless.
Conversely, when couples are not on the same page or feel they are arguing more than agreeing, it can be the most lonely and isolating experience.
We are passionate about sparking change through talk therapy aimed at reconnect couples. Often the “problem” both partners are focused on is not really the problem. It is merely a symptom that some element of the relationship is not quite operating correctly. Think of the couples system like an engine. When it is running smoothly, there are so many components firing in sync and momentum gets built up. Over time if the engine is not regularly maintained components start to fall out of sync causing smoke or strange engine noises. While the smoke and engine noise may be signs, the root of the problem may just be lack of oil. Commonly the problems couples are focused on are just the warning signs which keeps them mystified as to what to do differently. They start to feel like they are totally stuck. How do you fix something when you don’t understand the origin? An outside perspective with extensive couples therapy training (or better yet! Two highly trained people!) can identify the root cause which leads to both partners battling the real problem not each other.
By using both therapists, clients find better understanding and a collaborative environment where the couple can hear both the therapists work through the task at hand. This creates a uniquely transparent therapy experience in which clients can hear the therapists strategize, get curious, and hypothesize openly. On top of that, couples get two highly trained therapy professionals working for them and their goals. Having two therapists offer two different gender perspectives and more insight has the potential to speed the therapy process along. We are ready to work for you and your most important relationship.
Our couples therapy rate is $200 per 75 minute session. Since this is a specialized method involving the expertise of two licensed therapists, we do not bill insurance for co-couples therapy.
Call or text for a free 20 minute consultation on the phone or in person: (541) 639-2986
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